Nittany Lions ~ 6025/210
Being Linemen, they are indeed required to line up on the Line of Scrimmage before the Snap, unlike the others.
As this places them nose to nose with the opposing CornerBack ~ whereas the SlotBacks & Flankers are allowed to align a couple steps back, thus affording them more room to maneuver ~ they need to be beefier.
*Please do note, though: Schematically, the Split End is whoever lines up as the Split End...But for the purposes of these Scouting Reports, I am applying this NomenClature to those who are Split Ends by trade, so to speak: Those whose Skills Sets apply best to that particular Job Description. What their Coaches might do with them, once they're drafted, is another matter all together. Ditto, Flankers & SlotBacks. In any case, many play multiple Roles.
The most compelling Attributes of a Split End, in the 21st Century, are, in my view, and in no particular order:
Separation. Getting Open. This encompasses their ability to beat Press, their Acceleration out'f the Blocks, their Routing Precision, their Agility, their Ricochet, their capacity to outsmart Defenders, and their Instincts.
Catching. This encompasses Hands, Catch Radius, Vertical Agility, and Timing.
Navigation. How well he Navigates the Field in Pursuit of Yards After Catch: Power, Agility, and Field Vision.
Blocking. Having a WideOut who doesn't Block effectively is like having 10 Men on the Field of Battle.
Catching ~ Outstanding. He's made great strides in'is second Year. Robinson consistently exhibits tremendous Tracking Skills and Concentration, and extremely reliable Hands. Having a reliable QuarterBack helps.
Navigation ~ Remarkable. Robinson repeatedly exhibits surprisingly impressive Fluidity and startling Ricochet out'f'is Breaks for a man'f'is Size, and he's pounding, punishing Beast, once he gets a Full Head of Steam.
Blocking ~ Tremendous. I saw a loaf or two, but for the most part Robinson really got after it, and exhibited exceptional Core Power and usually drove his man back or effectively boxed'm out.
Having Faith that the Ball is going to be where it's supposed to be can do Wonders.
This is a Projection Racket, right? Well, Robinson strikes me as a young Man who's still growing into'is Body, as the expression goes. But it seems to me that he's evolving rapidly, this Year, and is both awakening to his natural Capabilities and speedily becoming both more Comfortable and more Instinctive.
He pulls an exquisite Triple Move against the Central Florida Knights at 2:22 on this Draft BreakDown Tape.
But this Play against the Ohio State BuckEyes ~ at 2:58 of this Draft BreakDown Tape ~ is phenomenal.
Robinson's Stock will very likely continue to be dampened by his mediocre 40 Time, which looks to be in the 450's.
And there is a strong temptation to lable'm a Possession Receiver.
But I see a Prospect who is Smooth, Powerful, and deceptively Quick. And I believe that as he continues to grow increasingly Comfortable and Confident in'is Capabilities in the Years ahead, his Trajectory will SkyRocket.
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